I have been running this blog since December of 2010. It is good for me, and hopefully, worthwhile for you. I am probably a lot like you: Trying to make my way through this mortal existence, following the Savior, taking care of my family, and finding things to smile about.
I have run a small business in Mesa, AZ since 1990. I have spent my adult life serving in the LDS Church in everything from Scoutmaster to Bishop. I’ve coached dozens of little league basketball and soccer teams. I worked with a fantastic humanitarian organization called Care For Life, and served as its President for several years. I am a member of the ANWA writer’s group and enjoy teaching at writer’s conferences, and speaking at firesides and youth conferences.
The purpose of my blog is to simply to write down things that make me think, feel, and make me smile. If I get a smile from my wife, all the better.
My favorite part is trying to help make gospel principals and doctrines more relatable and easier to understand through the use of experiences and explanation. Hopefully, I am doing my part to spread the beauty that is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Absolutely. I am a rock-solid and fully committed member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saintsl. I’m there with my wife and the kids every Sunday. Because that is how we roll. White shirts and ties. Soft seats.
The reason I am an active member of the church is best stated by Paul in the famous “scripture chase” scripture Romans 1:16: For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth.
The doctrines and ordinances that make that salvation possible are found within the Church. You cannot have one without the other. (Much like Reese’s. Gotta have both the peanut butter and the chocolate.) So don’t start with the “I believe but don’t participate” stuff. The doctrines are divine. – our personal application of those doctrines – not so much.
I love and sustain the prophet, as well as the other 14 apostles. (Made you think) I am fully supportive of them, and you will not ever find me being critical of them, or the things they ask us to do. I find it fascinating that one of the names John uses to describe Satan is “the accuser of our brethren”. (Rev. 12:10) I have very little tolerance for that.
Please do not interpret my silliness with a lack of respect of things sacred. My desire in life is to be fully obedient. Yup. Fully. I fail often. Sometimes spectacularly. Yet you can strive for sainthood and have a good laugh once in a while.
As I mentioned above, I have been blogging for quite a while – since 2010. The first eight years were under the moniker “Middleaged Mormon Man,” but the prophet told me it was time to change the name. THis blog became “Thus We See,” on September 23, 2018.